5 Reasons how the integration of DevOps can add value
We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better. — Jeff Bezos
DevOps helps organizations serve their clients in the most effective manner. But in order to do so, the teams working on DevOps need to work in harmony. To understand the challenges associated with DevOps, one needs to look at the concerned teams as participants of an induction program when they take up a new job. At the outset, there is a healthy camaraderie and people seem to be amiable. But there’s more than that meets the eye. Each one is in a different role, has different responsibilities and there’s a subtle undercurrent. Only with time do things settle down and we get to know if the people were a good fit after all.
The Development teams and Operations teams are no different. It may seem as if they are working towards one common goal — meeting customers’ expectations in the most effective manner. But in reality, the room could well resemble a war room where egos, ideologies and systems are at war. DevOps takes away the stress and puts a lot of things in perspective. Here are the top 5 reasons to embrace DevOps right away.
Improves collaboration: This is the first and the biggest advantage. DevOps facilitates greater transparency to enable better decision making. It ensures that the teams break down their inter-departmental silos and work in synergy in a dynamic environment. Boundaries are blurred and agility is improved across departments and processes. The timelines of deliverables become a joint responsibility.
Stable environment: When teams work in tandem, the possibility of friction is less and the work environment is way more stable and reliable. There is greater understanding and teams tend to look beyond their own limitations to understand the challenges faced by other members.
Saves time: In a typical non-DevOps environment, there is a lot of tension prior to release of new features. While Dev team is judged by the updates it delivers, the Ops team’s performance is evaluated on the basis of the health of the system. A typical DevOps environment on the other hand ensures continuous integration, shared code base, and test-driven techniques that prepare the operations team well in advance. Real-time data is absorbed into the performance of the systems that ensures that you get a clear understanding about the impact application changes have. This subsequently reduces the time required to fix problems since intervention from another team is not required.
Increased effectiveness: When you take out the unnecessary drama and stress from deployments, everything becomes smooth. People tend to enjoy their work and get the leeway to focus on more important aspects of their job. The deployments are automated and predictable; which means the interdependence of people and machines is relatively less.
Happy employees: Faster turnaround times and greater productivity means happy teams and an inspiring work environment. This leads to higher employee engagement as well. Happy employees always ensure better progress, both for individuals as well as organizations.
DevOps has a lot to offer to discerning business owners. All they need to do is decide how to leverage it effectively to further their business needs.